There is more to being healthy than exercise and eating fruits and veggies. Time to play is important too! During Healthy Me Month, join us for fun activities that celebrate healthy food choices, physical activity, wellness through music and art, and of course the joy of play!
March 1, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Join us for a joyful live performance that use puppets, story, and song to ignite the imagination and fill the Theater with excitement and laughter. Penny's Puppet Productions is a professional one-woman puppet company dedicated to making the world a better place, one puppet show at a time!
Special Guest Storytime: Teddy Bear
March 3 - 7, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (most days) at the Tree House*
March 4, 11 a.m. at Powell’s Book Store on Burnside St.
Meet a Teddy Bear who loves bear hugs and listening to stories, especially stories about friendship! Join us for some beary fun storytimes that celebrate our new traveling exhibit XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness.
*Time and local subject to change
Special Guest Story Time: Okaidja Afroso
March 7, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Enjoy story time with Artist in Residence Okaidja Afroso as he shares stories and drumming inspired by his Ghanaian heritage.
Micah & Me Music Show
March 10, 11 a.m. in the Theater
The Micah & Me Children's Music show is a dance party for toddlers starring their biggest fans, At-Home Dads! Micah & Me believe in the importance of music and dance for children 0 to 7 and the young at heart. They connect youngsters of all ages with live fun filled music. Micah & Me are outstanding performers, who bring fun, high-energy, and great music to every show!
Bike Celebration Day
March 11, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Join us for a day of bicycle fun at Portland Children's Museum! A great bike ride starts with a properly-fitted helmet and Randall Children’s Hospital is here to help. Get new helmets for the whole family for $6 each, with personalized fitting and adjustments. Now you are ready to jump on a bike to test your riding skills on Lumberyard’s Bicycle Skills Course.
Car Seat Recycling Presented by Randall Children's Hospital
March 18, 10 a.m. – Noon
Recycle your old car seat and learn about booster seats with Randall Children’s Hospital. Let us help you recycle your car safety seats and dispose of the materials in an environmentally correct manner.
Please remove and discard all fabric, harness webbing, soft foam, and mixed plastic/metal components prior to dropping off the car safety seats. We will recycle the plastic and hard foam components, and the metal buckle components will be reused for projects in the Maker Studio.
The drop-off recycling zone is in Parking Lot A, next to Portland Children's Museum. We will accept car seats from 10 a.m. – Noon.
Sign Language, Music, & Movement classes presented by Tiny Talkers
March 24, 10:15 a.m. – Noon
Little movers and shakers and their caregivers will sing, dance, hear stories and learn some sign language in these lively interactive classes for ages 2-5 from 10:15 – 11 a.m. Then, from 11:15 a.m. – Noon, there will be a sign language, music, and movement class for ages 9 months to 2.5 years and their caregivers.
Pop-up Adventure Playground
March 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Portland Children’s Museum is proud to host a Pop-Up Adventure Playground, a celebration of child-directed play, stocked with different materials (such as cardboard boxes, tape, and string) in our Outdoor Adventure Exhibit. A temporary version of the classic adventure playground model, this create-your-own-adventure play space gently introduces themes of risk and freedom by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to play and create together.
KIDS Team Ambulance Visit
March 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Meet some outstanding pediatric care providers and explore an ambulance up close with KIDS Team, the mobile ICU from Randall Children’s Hospital.
March 31, 11 a.m. in the Theater
Red Yarn, Andy Furgeson, is a dynamic family performer and teaching artist in Portland, Oregon. He weaves folksongs and puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic performances and lush recordings, Red Yarn reinvigorates American folklore for younger generations.
Toy Drive for Randall Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Program
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Orientation Hall
As part of the family-centered care offered at Randall Children's Hospital, they strive to help children feel comfortable and relaxed while they are in the hospital. Every child at Randall Children's Hospital receives a toy, and kids who are hospitalized during the holidays or a birthday get a special toy, book or craft project to lift their spirits. This means they go through a lot of toys and always need help replenishing their stock.
The Child Life Program is currently in need of LEGO® and Infant/toddler toys.
Please note the toy donation guidelines and restrictions:
- Please donate only LEGO brand Lego’s.
- Highly needed infant/toddler items include rattles, teethers and mobiles.
- For the health and safety of our patients, we are only able to accept new and unwrapped items in their original packaging.
- We kindly request no holiday themed items.
11:30 and Noon in the Theater
Join educator and dancer Evan Smiley each week for Movement Lab. This dynamic and playful 25-minute class encourage self-expression and explores movement as a tool for learning. All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate!
*There are two 25-minute sessions; the first class is at 11:30 a.m. and is repeated at Noon. No registration necessary. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis so everyone can move freely and safely in the theater.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
We’ve cooked up some gooey Flubber and invite you to measure, pour, slice, squish, and play using our favorite tools from the kitchen. Sensory play supports language development, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
Flower Petal Sun Catchers
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Field Station
Capture the beauty of spring with this colorful nature craft. We’ll use contact paper to preserve plant materials, then watch as our sun catchers burst with color when the light shines through.
Maker Space Monday
1 – 3 p.m. in the Maker Studio
Gather together to create, invent, and learn in our one-of-a-kind DIY space. Guided by our Maker Space Specialist, each week we’ll try something new, so don’t miss a Monday at Portland Children's Museum!
Toy Clinic + Plaster Cast Making
1 – 2 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Learn about the different instruments doctors use, make a real plaster cast and practice your caretaking skills at our Toy Clinic. Role playing and empathy building are essential tools for child development, so don’t miss Plaster Cast Making in the Wonder Corner!
Nighty Night Play + Storytime
11 a.m. – Noon in the Tree House
Safe sleep habits and a regular bedtime routine are important for young children. Play out your favorite bedtime activities with our baby dolls. Join us for splashy bath time, teeth brushing, snuggling under the blankets, reading a bedtime story and singing a lullaby.
Healthy Snack Creations
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Art Gallery
Join us as we create edible sculptures out of healthy foods. Who knew playing with your food could be so fun?
Dance Party Storytime
11 a.m. in the Theater
Move your body, groove to some tunes, and have blast at Ciara’s Dance Party Story Time. We’ll practice new dance steps, clap and sing along, and play with stories through movement.
Banana Peel Tattoo Parlor
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery
Turn a delicious banana into a work of art at Portland’s very first Banana Peel Tattoo Parlor!
Painting: Shamrock Cork Stamps
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Make a lucky clover stamp out of corks in celebration of spring and St. Patrick’s Day. Stamp your shamrocks on butcher paper to make nature-inspired art and gift-wrapping.
Build A Buddy
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Wonder Corner
Craft an adorable baby animal and receive a birth certificate for your new friend. Learn about healthy habits that can help you and your cuddly buddy grow up fit and happy.